Did you know in Japan they actually reward you for falling asleep at your desk? I couldn’t believe it either when I heard that!
It’s because they think that if you are falling asleep at your desk, you must be putting in a lot of hours and working really, really hard. They think that if you are falling asleep on the subway, or falling asleep at your desk, it’s a good thing.
Think about this: In our culture here in America, if you were to ask somebody,
“How’s it going?”
and somebody replied,
“Oh man! I’ve been really busy.”
Isn’t that a good thing? Most people would reply,
“Oh, wow! That’s awesome! I’m so glad you are so busy!”
Well can we drop the front of trying to impress people like our boss by telling them that we have been “busy.” Because “busy” is the enemy of productive.
If you just replace busy by saying “productive” that is already a really good improvement.
Recently I was at a training program down in Santa Monica with a good friend of mine and we were spending time getting started for the rest of the year. We were planning out the future vision for the next 12 months of my business. One of the things that came up that really stood out to me is that most people over-plan a day but under-plan a year.
What that means is that so many people put their to-do list together with a bunch of tasks, thinking,
“I wish I just had more hours in the day because I am so busy.”
What I would recommend is that you actually take the time right now as we get ready to reset for the rest of the year, and plan out the rest of next year. Take an annual calendar, map it out and say,
“Where do I want to be spending my time?”
Probably the most important thing for you to do, is do it in the reverse order of how most people do it. Think about these things:
- How many vacation days do I want to take? Big vacations and small vacations?
- How many days do I want to be working a week?
- How many surprise weekend getaways do I want to do with my spouse?
And you put all of your vacation days down first. Vacation days, holidays, etc.
Then from there, you fill in all of your income days; The days you plan to work and make money. Now, not everybody has the luxury of being a business owner where you are able to map out what those days are, but I would just challenge you to do this as best you can.
If you put down all of your vacation days first as a part of your plan, it will drastically change how you look at next year. Think of it this way: If you don’t fill up your calendar with what you want to do, then you will be subject to somebody else filling up your calendar. Either you fill up your calendar or you allow somebody else to.
My tip for you today is make sure that you get an annual planning calendar and actually write down all the things you want to do for vacation. Put your life and family first and then go back and put down all of your income days.
I hope this was helpful for you.
In the comment section below write down two things that you want to do next year for fun that would be for your lifestyle and vacation, not the works stuff. I’d love to see what kind of things you are doing this next year.
Have an awesome week and make sure you plan out your year for next year in advance.
Do it right now! You can do it!